Jan 23, 2013
With all the hoopla over the inauguration, there was a chance that the momentum for gun control would dissipate. But don’t worry—the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre will get it going again! Last night Wayne LaPierre accused Obama of demonizing gun owners. With your ads attacking the President’s daughters, you’re doing a better job of demonizing gun owners, Wayne.
Embarrassingly, Wayne’s speech came on the same day there was a gunfight at a Texas college campus. But if he’s going to wait for a day when there is no gun violence, he’s never going to get to speak. It turns out the shooting at the campus in Texas wasn’t a mass killing. It was an argument that escalated into a gunfight... or what’s going to happen several times a day everywhere if the NRA gets their way. In some ways this is scarier than a mass shooting—this is the kind of thing that the NRA proposes as a solution for mass shootings! The reaction to this fiasco was quick—Texas Republicans are calling for more guns! That way if an argument escalates into gunfire, bystanders can choose sides and turn it into a regular shootout. I’m sorry, but for most Americans, the Gunfight at the OK Corral was NOT an example of conflict resolution.
Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL), a Tea Party freshman says that citizens should have the same weapons as the military. That way we’re safe from “tyranny”... and totally subject to mob rule. Yoho claims the Second Amendment says that “the militia had the same equipment as the military to protect them against the tyrannical government.” No, they had the same equipment because back in the 1700’s, that’s all the equipment that they had.
NRA board member Ted Nugent is comparing President Obama to King George III and threatening another American Revolution. Ted doesn’t have a powdered wig, but he does seem to have a powdered brain. Ted says Obama is “attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776.” It’s odd that we managed to overthrow tyranny in the years BEFORE we had a Second Amendment. He then said “If you want another Concord Bridge, I’ve got some buddies.” Ted, if you and your buddies were restricted to the kind of weapons available to the people on the Concord Bridge, we’d all feel a lot better.